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My name is Mrs. Verrinder (de Ayora). I am from Merced and graduated from Merced High School in 1994. I took four years of French in high school, but signed up for Spanish 1 my first semester in college. I loved it! I earned a BA in Spanish from Saint Mary's College in 1998. During my junior year in college I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. After college I entered the MA/Ph.D. program at UC Santa Barbara and I worked as a lecturer at UCSB, teaching Spanish 1 and 2. I also backpacked through Mexico for 6 weeks the summer of 1999. In 2000 I earned an MA in Spanish Literature from UCSB and moved to Spain.

I lived in Granada, Spain for nearly three years before moving back to Merced. I taught Spanish at Buhach Colony High School from 2003-2015. I also coached water polo at Buhach for three years. I am really excited to be at El Capitan High School!

I have five children and I love being their mama. I also love to swim, cycle and backpack. After teaching Spanish for our district for 15 years I have accepted the opportunity to teach AVID. I am excited to help our students adopt a growth mindset and to give them the tools they will need to set goals, stay organized and take charge of their educational experience.